Recently we went to the launch of Be Enterprise, an innovative social enterprise program of Logan Women’s Health and Wellbeing Centre. The evening combined the launch of the program with a healthy amount of fund raising. The invitation to attend had been extended to me by Liz Irvine, Chair of the Board, and since I’d had a role in her being on the board in the first place it was an offer I really couldn’t refuse.
It’s been a long time since I’ve been to a women focused event and it was great to step outside my normal routine. I felt recharged after the night as I listened to women with conviction and passion speak about the work they do to make a difference to women’s lives.
Shannon Fentiman MP – Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Member for Waterford reminded us that the gender pay gap is still alive and well, with woman being paid, on average, 17% less than men. I thought of a recent conversation I’d had with a young and inspiring female manager I work with about pay rates and how Steven has, at times, been paid three times what I earn. Currently it’s much more equal, as now he’s only paid twice what I earn! My young colleague is experiencing a similar situation in her relationship and is frustrated by it. Over the years I’ve been angry and demoralised about the pay rate … but sadly I’ve become complacent about it. Steven and I both have six year degrees but he works driving business profits and I work with vulnerable people in a low paid industry where the workforce is 90% female.
Stacey Ross, the Manager for Logan Women’s Health and Wellbeing Centre, spoke with such energy and enthusiasm, about the work of the Centre and I loved the acronym she used “HER” – Hope. Empowerment. Respect. Just being around Stacey would give anyone a lift and I can see that she would inspire her clients and staff.
Tiffany Wann, Founder and Director of Outstanding Women Leaders, who will be one of the facilitators for BE Enterprise shared a very personal story of triumph over trauma and her motivation for working with women. More information about the Be Enterprise products below can be found on their website.
Valuing Your Voice – Empowering women workshops
Yoga and Meditation for staff and clients
The YOU Effect – School Programs
Professional Supervision – Counselling for professionals
Unleash YOU – Professional Development for Organisations
i-Care Consulting – Disability Support
Prior to attending the function I’d been working on the book about my friend who is a Forgotten Australian. I’d been reading and writing about how Bravehearts, headed by Hetty Johnston, had lobbied for years to have the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse established and I really wanted to meet her. It was a serendipitous night, Hetty was at the function and Liz introduced us. Hetty has undertaken to have her legal staff read a draft chapter of the book and give me some input…. What a great result from a night out. Oh and did you know she’s running for Mayor of Logan, wow she has a lot of drive!
To top the night off there was a silent auction and we came home with this painting “Flower Power” by Bev Miller. I love this sassy woman and all the sassy women I met that night. They reminded me that women’s work is never done and that I better stop being complacent.